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J Nurs Educ. 2005 Oct;44(10):441-9.

Teaching thinking and reaching the limits of memorization: enacting new pedagogies.

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University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Nursing, Clinical Science Center, Madison, Wisconsin 53792-2455, USA.


Contemporary practice environments are complex and require students and new graduates to possess high-level thinking capabilities to ensure patient safety and quality of care. To achieve this goal, many nurse educators are exploring new pedagogies (critical, feminist, phenomenological, and postmodern) to teach students the practices of thinking that contemporary clinical situations demand. These new pedagogies offer alternatives to the predominant use of conventional pedagogies, which emphasize students' memorization of content and its subsequent application in practice situations. This study, using Heideggerian hermeneutics, documents how teachers are using new pedagogies in ways that shift their attention to teaching thinking and away from devising strategies to help students memorize and apply more content. One of the themes that emerged from this study, Teaching Thinking and Reaching the Limits of Memorization, and two subthemes, Thinking AS Memorization and Recall, and Beyond Memorization: Thinking in Context are presented.

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